Meet the Marketing/Management Department Instructors (left to right): Neil Kokemuller, Elizabeth Crandon, Alecia Mintle, Ann Gadbury and Russ Moorehead
Chair, Marketing and Management Department
Professor, Marketing and Management
MBA, (Marketing emphasis) Drake University
BA, Marketing, University of Northern Iowa
BA, Marketing Education, University of Northern Iowa
Marketing and Management experience includes; business-to-business sales, retail sales, territory and retail management, and manufacturing.
Russ believes you get out of life, what you put into it. This includes your; relationships, career, and education. Each of us has the potential and opportunities to experience and create greatness. Those who accomplish that goal take action and apply the necessary time, energy and resources.
Life in general and education, specifically is about developing the perspective and skills to 'swim out to your ship', rather than 'waiting for it to come in'. He loves teaching and helping people learn to swim… even if, sometimes, it means pushing them in the deep end.
Quote - “Every person, all the events of your life are there because you have drawn them there. What you choose to do with them is up to you.” Richard Bach
Book - Illusions, by Richard Bach
Movie - The Ugly Truth
Hobbies - Checking things off his 'bucket list'. The most recent thing he checked off was skydiving… next to check off, is swimming with whale sharks off the coast of Mexico.
MBA, (Marketing Emphasis) Iowa State University
BS, Apparel Merchandising, Design and Production, Iowa State University
AAS, Fashion Design and Marketing, Des Moines Area Community College
Prior to teaching Ann worked as a manager with a small Des Moines based apparel graphic design company. Later, she worked as a retail manager with a large Omaha based retail store. She has also spent countless hours as a small business owner working to make her company Minnow Clothing Company a success.
Be yourself and find your true passion. In today's society we are often influenced to conform. Making it scary to be unique and follow our dreams. However, it is when we find our true passion in life and we tap into that drive that we really become successful. Follow your heart and love what you do and who you are. As Stephen Covey says “It comes from within”.
Quote - “Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world.” - Bette Midler
Book - Confessions of a Shopaholic series by Sophie Kinsella
Movie - Fried Green Tomatoes and The Devil Wears Prada
Hobbies - Sewing, drawing, skiing and shopping!
Professor, Management and Human Resource Management
M.A., Human Resource Management, Briar Cliff University
B.S., Management, College of Business, Iowa State University
A.A., Des Moines Area Community College
Elizabeth spent twelve years as a Human Resources professional in manufacturing and healthcare with experience in benefits, compensation, HRIS development, performance management, recruiting/retention, and staff development. Prior to entering the HR field, Elizabeth worked in the retail setting during high school and college. Elizabeth holds both PHR and SHRM-CP certifications.
Education is the one thing we often take for granted in our formative years. It is the opportunity for us to be exposed to the world outside where we live, the opportunity to research, read, explore everything around us, and discover what it is in this huge world we want to specialize in. Take advantage of the opportunities to find what you love. Doors open, doors close, but we are always put in the place where we are meant to be when we are meant to be there. Look for the signs, they are staring you in the face.
Quote - “Remember where you came from, appreciate where you are, focus on where you’re going” –Nicholas Nicastro
Movies - “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”
Book – The children’s books “Yertle the Turtle” and “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs”
Hobbies – Being team mom for her kids’ activities, visiting Iowa wineries, and shopping.
MBA, Iowa State University
BA, Business Administration, University of Dubuque
Prior to teaching, Neil worked for several years in marketing and retail management roles. He worked for a St. Louis-based startup technology company and his retail management experience includes time leading both small businesses and large retail chain stores.
To succeed at anything in the long run, you have to show up ready to perform even on the days you don't feel like it.
Quote - “Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.” UCLA basketball Coach John Wooden
Book - As a kid, Neil also enjoyed a series of sports books from author Matthew Christopher.
Movie - The Natural, a 1984 baseball flick starring Robert Redford as protagonist Roy Hobbs.
Hobbies - Playing and watching sports, and most importantly spending time with his family.
Professor, Fashion/Design Program
MBA, Southern New Hampshire University
Bachelor of Science: Fashion Merchandising with a Minor in Business, Iowa State University
Prior to teaching, Alecia worked for nationally-recognized specialty retailer as a Store Manager for almost 15 years and was able to connect with the DMACC team through a 5 –year partnership between her store and the Fashion Department at DMACC. Through this experience, she found herself enjoying the classroom setting and building relationships with the students she met through the program.
Life is too short to not enjoy what you do, find your passion!
Quote - “Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.” - Henry Ford “Sometimes the hardest thing and the right thing are the same.” The Fray
Book -I’m not good with favorites but I love to read and so do my boys! A Tale of Two Cities is a longtime favorite and I’ll admit that I love the Harry Potter series, which I can’t wait to read to my boys when they get older! A couple of favorites to read to my boys include Giraffes Can’t Dance, Tumford the Terrible, and All the Awake Animals.
Movie - Mary Poppins & Love Actually
Hobbies - Working out, shopping, reading and spending time with my friends and family.